31 March 2014
NBI publications on ESO’s top 20 list
ESO (European Southern Observatory) registers all scientific articles that are wholly or partly based on data from ESO telescopes in Chile. The record goes back to 1996 and also includes a statistical report of citations. There are several articles from the Niels Bohr Institute on ESO’s top 20 list of most cited articles and two with first authors from NBI.
Number 10 on the list of most cited articles is ‘The Geneva-Copenhagen survey of the Solar neighbourhood. Ages, metallicities, and kinematic properties of ̃14 000 F and G dwarfs’ by Birgitta Nordström et al. The article has been cited 850 times.
“Citations are your colleagues recognition that your work has brought the field forward. When you have spent 25 years and a few thousand observation nights on a large systematic project like we have - in particular with the two Danish telescopes at ESO - it is especially gratifying to see that our results are being used extensively in the development of models that are completely changing our understanding of the history of the Milky Way. At the same time, as a first author you have to remember that many colleagues have contributed to the work,” explains Birgitta Nordström, Associate Professor Emeritus in Astrophysics and Planetary Science at the Niels Bohr Institute.
Number 11 on the list of most cited articles is ‘A very energetic supernova associated with the γ-ray burst of 29 March 2003’ by Jens Hjorth et al. The article has been cited 838 times.
“It is gratifying to see that NBI researchers are so prominent on ESO’s top 20 list. In fact, the NBI articles are at number three and four if you only look at articles by ESO members. 14 out of the first 16 articles on the list deal with cosmic explosions like gamma-ray bursts and supernovae, and several are written by Nobel laureates,” says Jens Hjorth, Professor and Director of the Dark Cosmology Centre at the Niels Bohr Institute.
He adds that the fine result shows that Denmark has made great use of ESO membership and has many top scientists - one has to remember that there is great teamwork behind all of these top 20 articles. This is positive as we look forward to working with ALMA and the future E-ELT.